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Angus C Snyder - The reunion of the men who were conected with...
The reunion of the men who were conected with the old gravity roads, which will be held in Nay Aug Park to - morrow, promises to be an event of unusual importance. The reunion will begin about 9 o'clock in the morning and will continue until 5 o'clock In the afternoon. The principal speaker of the day will be Attorney Homer Greene, the well known author of Honesdale, who is acquainted acquainted with every detail In the history history of the gravity. His father, Giles Greene, was Tor many years a runner on the road, and was a familiar figure to execurslonists In the early eighties. Attorney Greene will give an address, commencing at 2 o'clock, in which the T2 ' ' DAVID J. SMITH, Oldest Living Former Employe of Pennsylvania Gravity Road. history of the road will be given in brief, in addition to personal reminiscences. reminiscences. It will be well worth while for any bf the citizens of our city to attend this reunion, if only to hear Mr. Greene speak. i - It is proposed to form a permanent organization of the gravity men, and to appoint a committee to draw up a constitution and have a record book published. The latter will contain the name of each man, what capacity he served the road in. and the length of service. Interesting; data as to the history history of the road will - also Tje" given. David J. Smith and James Healey, both of Dunmore, are the chief sources of Information. Mr. Smith kept a dairy during his connection with the road, and Mr. Healey was dispatcher of the coal trains. Both of the above named gentlemen will be on the record committee, and in addition Mr. Smith Is being prominently prominently mentioned for president of the organization. He will probably act as chairman of the meeting, and is chairman chairman of the committee of arrangements, being ably assisted by the following committee: John Watrous, A. C. Snyder, Snyder, W. H. Taylor, all of Dunmore; Al bert Shaeffer, of No. 12, and Thomas English, of Fittston. . " . The first gravity road was founded In 1S50 with William Moffit as supeiin tendent and John B. Smith as super visor of the engine building department. department. One year after the opening Mr. Moffit Moffit resigned and Mr. Smith succeeded him, continuing to hold that office up to the time of the abandoning of the road in 18S9. John Butler succeeded him as general supervisor. Both of the latter eentlemen are now deceased. The road was first called theVash - ington Gravity Road,: but the name was after a few years changed to the Pennsylvania Gravity Road. There were two nassenecr trains, one going from Hawley to Dunmore and back, and the otK?r Koing from Dtinmore to Hawley vice versa. The principal parsen ger service consisted of excursions to Lake Ariel, then Jones' Lake. There were about twelve coal trains doing service at that time between Hawley and Dunmore. George B. Smith, of Clay avenue, acted acted as private secretary to his father. Superintendent John B. Smith, for many years, and during the last few years of the road's existence the work of superintending fell alinoft entirely on his hands. He has taken a great interest interest in the reunion. j An invitation has also been extended to the employes of the' Delaware, and HudHon Gravity Road and it is expected expected that quite a number will be in attendance. The Delaware and Hudson gravity extended from Olyphant to Honesdale and ran until a much later later period than the Pennsylvania. The history of this road is also Interesting, Interesting, but as most of the employes reside in Honesdale the interest In that

Clipped from The Scranton Truth02 Sep 1904, FriPage 5

The Scranton Truth (Scranton, Pennsylvania)02 Sep 1904, FriPage 5
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